Center for Montessori Teacher Education/North Carolina


Classes held at Phoenix Montessori Academy

12340 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road

Huntersville, NC 28078


Early Childhood Program (Ages 2 1/2 - 6)


The Center For Montessori Teacher Education/North Carolina (CMTE/NC) offers an Early Childhood teacher training program which, upon successful completion, leads to an an American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential. An AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential will be granted if the candidate does not have a Bachelor’s Degree.


This course presents the Montessori philosophy, theory, teaching and strategies in the light of modern child development and developmental psychology. CMTE/NC offers the only Montessori Teacher Education program in the world with a published, RIE Fellow Associate on our Infant/Toddler faculty.


In the initial summer phase, the student is introduced to Montessori philosophy and child development, observation skills and classroom management: Pivotal knowledge for this program. The didactic materials and exercises for Everyday Living are taught in this phase. The lessons in Sensorial, Language and Math are started at this time.  In the 10 monthly weekend seminars that follow, the student is given the basic lessons in a sequence timed to the development of a usual Montessori class. The didactic materials and exercises for sensorial activities, language development, growth of analytical and mathematical thinking, geography, art, movement, music and the natural sciences are presented in full sequence with the rationale behind these materials explained.


There is a strong emphasis on supervised practice sessions to enable the students to become proficient in the use of materials and for them to experience different teaching styles of various Montessori teachers.


The result of our time schedule and the sequence of curriculum presentations is that the student is given an ample opportunity for assimilating all of the information given.  The year-long format allows an individual to implement and use their new knowledge in environment settings and to return frequently for encouragement and communication with faculty and fellow students.  We have found this to be both a productive and cohesive experience.


Early Childhood Required Reading List



CMTE/NC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender.